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  1. VMS(ProperNoun)

    "Virtual Memory System" the operating system for the DEC VAX series of computers

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. VMS

    DEC's proprietary operating system for its VAX minicomputer; one of the seven or so environments that loom largest in hacker folklore. Many Unix fans generously concede that VMS would probably be the hacker's favorite commercial OS if Unix didn't exist; though true, this makes VMS fans furious. One major hacker gripe with VMS concerns its slowness — thus the following limerick:    There once was a system called VMS    Of cycles by no means abstemious.         It's chock-full of hacks         And runs on a VAX    And makes my poor stomach all squeamious.                                     — The Great Quux See also VAX, TOPS-10, TOPS-20, Unix, runic.


  1. OpenVMS

    OpenVMS is a computer operating system for use in general purpose computing. It is the successor to the VMS Operating System, that was produced by Digital Equipment Corporation since 1977 for its series of VAX-11 minicomputers and its line of desktop workstations. The name VMS is derived from virtual memory system, according to one of its principal architectural features. OpenVMS also runs on the Itanium-based families of computers. OpenVMS is a proprietary operating system. Thus, it is not considered open source software. OpenVMS is a multi-user, multiprocessing virtual memory-based operating system designed for use in time sharing, batch processing, and transaction processing. When process priorities are suitably adjusted, it may approach real-time operating system characteristics. The system offers high availability through clustering, and the ability to distribute the system over multiple physical machines. This allows the system to be tolerant against disasters that may disable individual data-processing facilities. OpenVMS contains a graphical user interface, a feature that was not available on the original VAX-11/VMS system.

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